Science and Invention
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Online activities and background information from the Library of Congress to help students learn more about science and invention.
- American Treasures: "Mr. Watson - come here!" (Exhibition) Alexander Graham Bell's notebook entry of March 10, 1876 describes the first successful experiment with the telephone
- American Treasures: Fulton's Submarine (Exhibition) Napoleon commissioned the first practical submarine, designed by the American inventor, Robert Fulton.
- American Treasures: Samuel F. B. Morse (Exhibition) In March 1839, artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse traveled to Paris to promote the telegraph.
- Edison's Failed Inventions (America's Library) Edison held 1093 patents, but he also had a few inventions that failed.
- Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts From the Library of Congress (Presentation) Students will enjoy discovering the answers to a variety of puzzling science questions.
- The Invention of the Ice Cream Cone (America's Library) Enjoy this America's Library short story on the invention of this sweet treat.
- Jump Back in Time: Inventor Elias Howe Was Born (America's Library)
Elias Howe, inventor of the first practical American sewing machine, was born July 9, 1819.
- Kitty Hawk, North Carolina - North Carolina First Flight at Kitty Hawk (America's Library) The Wright brothers were from Ohio, but they achieved most of their successes in North Carolina.
- Meet Amazing Americans: Scientists and Inventors (America's Library)
Learn about people like Thomas Edison who invented products and made discoveries that changed our lives.
- San Jose Tech Museum (Local Legacies) This new museum shows visitors how technology affects the way they live, work, play and learn. Make sure to visit the museum online.
- Today in History (December 17, 1903) First Flight (Today in History) On this day in 1903, the Wright brothers became the first people to demonstrate sustained flight of a heavier-than-air machine under the complete control of the pilot.
- Today in History (December 2, 1942) Atomic Age begins (Today in History) On this date, scientists headed by Enrico Fermi engineered the first controlled nuclear fission chain reaction.
- Today in History (June 16, 1775) First Army Corps of Engineers (Today in History)
Learn about Army Corps of Engineers.
- Today in History (June 27, 1989) James Smithson (Today in History) On this date English scientist James Smithson died, leaving the United States an endowment to found the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
- Today in History (June 3, 1880) Bell's Photophone (Today in History) Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first wireless telephone message on his newly invented "photophone."
- Today in History (May 24, 1844) First Telegraph Message (Today in History) View the first telegraphic image and explore fascinating resources related to Samuel Morse and his inventions.
- Today in History (May 5, 1925) John Scopes (Today in History) High school science teacher John Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution in one of Tennessee's public schools.
- Today in History (November 9, 1731 Benjamin Banneker (Today in History) On this date mathematician and astronomer Benjamin Banneker was born.
- United States Patent and Trademark Office Kid's Pages (Internet Resources) Students will learn about patents and trademarks at this educational government site! Make sure to check out the official USPTO site too!
- What in the World Is That? (Online Activity)Learn about amazing innovations and inventions from the past through primary sources. Play the challenging game and explore additional resources on the learn more page.